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Sat, Oct. 13th, 2007, 12:35 pm
hookedonhorses: Which College?

First off, hello.  I am Jessica.  I'm 18 and love my 7 year old gelding Chubs.  I live in SE Houston, TX.  I am very outgoing and just crazy... lol.  Glad to be a member of this community.

I'm so confused where to go... Im a senior this year and will have to start applying to Colleges.  But which?  I for sure want to go to a college where I can bring my horse with me.  I ride western and have competed in speed events.  I would prefer a college that isn't entirely english, but majority english is ok.  I would like to also find a place where the horse facilities are on campus.  Off campus is ok, but I am so often in the barn and I like to be close to my baby.  Any ideas?  So far I have Cazenovia College in NY, Northwest College in WY, Sul Ross State Uni in TX, SUNY Cobleskill in NY, and West Texas A&M in TX (though I couldn't find any info on boarding).  Does anyone know of any good places to go?  I want to major in equine studies.

Sat, Oct. 13th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)

Just in Texas, there are a lot of schools that do NCAA. the equine facility might not be ON campus (i think that's actually pretty rare), but it would be really close.

Baylor - Waco
Texas A & M - College Station
Stephen F. Austin - Nacogdoches
Southern Methodist - Fort Worth
Texas Christian - Fort Worth

there's also quite a few that do IHSA, but I don't really know anything about their facilities and i can almost guarentee that they wouldn't have a barn on campus

Sat, Oct. 13th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)

The College Station campus of A&M is overrated in my opinion. I have been to their facilities twice on horse emergency related incidents. It's very crowded and I was more interested in a smaller college.

I have been looking into IHSA the more I read the more I like. Im not sure if I wish to compete just yet or simply ride in college. But I either would require horse facilities.

Cazenovia, Northwest, and SUNY Cobleskill have facilities on campus.

Sun, Oct. 14th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)

OUCH. TAMU-College Station is the shiz. Although I may be biased because the vet school just saved my horses's life. And I'm a sophomore here.

Sun, Oct. 14th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)

I love their facilities, and they too have saved two of my horses. However school wise I don't find them ideal. Would you happen to know if they have boarding facilities and equine studies available? I have searched and found little to no information.
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Sat, Oct. 13th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)

Really that would be great! I have alot, perhaps it would be easier over messages. Northwest was the first that really caught my eye.

Sat, Oct. 13th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)

I go to school about 40 minutes from SUNY Cobleskill (my school is english-only and the barn is off campus) so if you have any questions about the area let me know!

Sat, Oct. 13th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)

If you have any interest in southern California...

I know that Cal Poly Pomona has equestrian facilities on campus (we were supposed to have our first IHSA show today but it rained last night, socal doesn't seem to believe in indoor arenas, so it was cancelled). I have no idea if they let students board horses on campus though.

Anywho, they seem to have a fair number of both western and english riders and probably have a an equine studies major so they might be worth checking out.

Sat, Oct. 13th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)

I'm looking into them right now, thanks. They do seem to have a fair number of both, however I am having difficulty finding any equine majors.

Sat, Oct. 13th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)

caz does not have a big equine program so i wouldnt really recommend us. ALSO i dont recommend bringing your horse for at least the first semester.
i would look into u of findlay, they have an awesome western team. and HAWT men.

Sat, Oct. 13th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)

sorry, Not a big WESTERN program haha horse show day my brain is fried :(

Sat, Oct. 13th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)

Haha thanks, I'll look into that!

Sun, Oct. 14th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)

Centenary College in NJ probably fits that description. I know they have equine studies, a huge riding program, and a barn that's on/very near campus.

Sun, Oct. 14th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)

Unfortunately I'll never be able to afford bringing my horse with a tuition of 19k o.O"

Mon, Oct. 15th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)

Aw. There are scholarships and such available, I'm sure, but it probably isn't a good idea to count on getting one. I hope you find somewhere good!

Sun, Oct. 14th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)

I go to Albion College in Albion, MI. We have an on-site equestrian center but no equine studies majors. We also have 3 equestrian teams (IHSA Hunt Seat and Western, IDA Dressage). We also offer BHSA certification, but that's a very new program that will be starting in spring semester.

Albion College itself is a small, private, liberal arts college. We have a little under 2k students. Juniors and Seniors are able to study off campus (whether it be intern/externships in a field of study, classes at another domestic or foreign campuses, or some combo thereof). We also have a residental campus, so most of our students will live in campus owned housing for their 4 years.

As far as the horses go, the Equestrian Center is on 340 acres (only 90 of which are currently developed). We have stabling for 81 horses, a 100x400 indoor, 100x200 sand outdoor, 250x250 grass outdoor competition arena, indivual turn out, and trails. It's a nice place, storybook almost.

Sat, Dec. 29th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)

I am at Oklahoma State University ( main campus) and we have not only a rodeo team but an equestrain team with hunter and western. (no dressage, which is what i ride so I am not on the team).
But i Love it here, I have my own horse boarded about 10 minutes from campus, and its awesome! Plus the vet school is on campus if my horse has anything wrong, or there are like 3 other vet clinic you can use. In addition the ferrier school is here, so some of the best ferriers are here! And if you are from texas and go to OSU you can get instate scholarships. and wont be too terribly away from home. As some one who has gone to a close school then a far away school. Being with in driving distance rocks!

Fri, Jan. 18th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)

hey. I went to an equine science school that has a very reputable Equine Science program, *amazing* state-of-the-art facilities off campus (like a 10 minute drive, literally), and an IHSA team. The school has an English and a Western farm. I was at the Western farm, which is oh so much better! :)

It's in Ohio, the University of Findlay. It's an amazing equine school and their IHSA team is high ranked. Our instructors are world-known, friendly and extremely helpful too. The curriculum offers a lot of potential for you as a college student to 'shape' your own degree. You can do Equine Business, Pre-Vet, Training & Riding, etc.

I have an Associates of Equine Science from there and I never regretted that decision. It has made me the horse person I am today, honestly.

For more info go to: www.findlay.edu

I know it's far from TX, but it may be worth a look over anyways. You may not be able to board your horse at the school's facility but there are a few barns in the area that you can investigate. You *may* be able to talk the instructors into leasing you one of their stalls in the staff barn, so you'd be boarding through them, but those opportunities aren't very frequent. Just FYI. :)

best of luck!

Wed, Jan. 23rd, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)

UNR has an equestrian center on campus as long as an equestrian riding team. Riding is both western and english and you are able to board your own horse in the barn.
And they have equine science which I major in. : )